15 folks ranging in age from the 20s to the 60s loaded into 5 rafts and kayaks to float 250 miles from Lees Ferry to Pearce Ferry over 3 weeks last spring. The trip had everything to offer for adrenaline junkies as well as contemplative nature appreciation, perfect for a fine art photographer. This was my first Grand Canyon trip and I was lucky enough to float with seasoned professionals, some of whom were on their 20th trip down the Grand! At the time my knee was not at full strength after recovering from surgery. Thankfully the crew was always there to help carry gear or get me set up for my next shot.
I was shocked to find out that this magnificent place is threatened by uranium mining, a proposed aerial tram, and more helicopter tourism. The history of the world is represented in the 17 layers of rock. My only regret was not learning more about the geology. The sun creates contrasty shadows and light, and it is fitting that the inspiring beauty challenges a photographer.
I used 2 different Nikon camera bodies to document this expedition. The camera that went through all the rapids (and had to be put in a dry box on short notice multiple times) barely survived the trip. Over the 3 weeks I shot 1,500+ images including whitewater action, wildlife, wildflowers, and landscapes.